Recipe: How to make a sweet potato pudding

The Folger is home to the largest collection of early modern western European recipe books in the United States, and a¬†team of Folger researchers recently uncovered a very early European potato recipe in our archives. This recipe, “to make a potato puding,” comes from a recipe collection kept by the Grenville family from c. 1640-1750…. Continue Reading »



What’s onstage in November at Shakespeare theaters across America

Soldiers returning home. Armies clashing in a bloody struggle for power. Government officials abusing their authority. These are the Shakespeare characters populating the post-election landscape at our theater partners around the U.S. this month. Henry VI Two of the Folger’s theater partners are taking on Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays this month, in which England experiences… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare and early modern girlhood

The word “girl” means different things to us today than it meant in the Middle Ages, and Shakespeare was writing at a time when that meaning was changing, as Deanne Williams of York University in Toronto explains¬†on a recent episode of Shakespeare Unlimited.   Williams talks about the girls in Shakespeare’s plays, how he portrays… Continue Reading »




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